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Lauren Rikleen

Lauren Rikleen


Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership


Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. As president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren conducts workshops; speaks at conferences, retreats and professional events; and provides training programs focusing on unconscious bias, strengthening intergenerational relationships in the workplace, and women's leadership and advancement. Rikleen is also the executive-in-residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management. Established in 1990, the Center links academic research and corporate practice to create workplace cultures that support individual and organizational success.

Rikleen is the author of You Raised Us – Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams. This widely acclaimed book provides new insights and rebuts old stereotypes about Millennials as they begin their careers in the midst of an economic crisis, and offers practical recommendations for all generations to help navigate their differences. She is also the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, and Success Strategies for Women Lawyers.

Rikleen serves on several boards including the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, co-chair of MassGAP, the Middlesex Savings Bank and as a special advisor to the American Bar Foundation Board. She is also active in the American Bar Association as member of the Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity and Commission on Sexual Orientation, and as co-chair of the Women's Caucus and vice chair of the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. Rikleen is a founding member of the Council for Women of Boston College.

Rikleen is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2011, she received the "Friend of the Division" award from the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for her guidance, support, and mentorship and was honored by the Boston College Law School Women’s Law Center as its Woman of the Year. Among her other honors, Lauren was a 2010 Leading Women Award recipient from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, a recipient of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2009 Women of Justice Award, the 2007 Barbara Gray Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Violence, the 2005 Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, the Boston College 2004 Alumni Award for Excellence in Law, and the Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Medal. In 1997, the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce named her Business Leader of the Year, and she was the 2001 winner of its Athena Award. She received her BA from Brandeis University and her JD from Boston College Law School.